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Had pleurisy for 2 months, X-rays showed no fracture. Month on and still get some rib pain, is this normal? Anything I can do to help?

Had pleurisy for 2 months, X-rays showed no fracture. Month on and still get some rib pain, is this normal? Anything I can do to help?

Your pleuritic chest: Pain should have improved or resolved in about 1-2 months. You need to visit your doctor again to see if there are any other causes of your symptoms, such as recurrent pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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Pleurisy (Definition)

Inflammation of the tissues that line the ...Read more


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The doctor told me that I got pleurisy a few days ago and gave me an antibiotic however the tablet gives me head aches and I still have pain in ribs?

The doctor told me that I got pleurisy a few days ago and gave me an antibiotic however the tablet gives me head aches and I still have pain in ribs?

Please inform the MD: Pleurisy is very painful condition... Getting a headache on top of it is double jeopardy! Please inform your md as there are other appropriate pain meds that can be prescribed. Remember if u don't tell ur doc, he might assume you are feeling better! Regards! ...Read more

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I just got over plurisey still dealing with the muscle pain from it and I started coughing today and heard a pop and now my ribs hurt again why?

I just got over plurisey still dealing with the muscle pain from it and I started coughing today and heard a pop and now my ribs hurt again why?

Pleuritic pain: The pain can come from several sources- muscles are between each rib and can be strained (spasm); you can affect the rib position where it meets the breast bone (or sternum) (dislocation); the connective tissue or cartilage can be inflamed where it meets with the rib; or you could have a rib fracture from the force of coughing. If the pain is intense, it might be a good idea to get a chest xray. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pleurisy in your chest?

Pain: Typically pain when you take a deep breath. You may also have signs of an upper respiratory tract infection at the same time (cough, runny nose). ...Read more

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Doctors call in pleurisy but I'm not to sure started on right side of ribs that went away now on left side?

Old school: Pleurisy is an old term. Means pleuritic chest pain (unlike cardiac chest pain) which arises from the inflammation or irritation of the lining of the lungs. ...Read more

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Can pleurisy cause your ribs to be sore? Diangosis with pleurisy and my ribs are actually sore to the touch. Part of the pleurisy or something different?

Can pleurisy cause your ribs to be sore? Diangosis with pleurisy and my ribs are actually sore to the touch. Part of the pleurisy or something different?

Possible: Sore ribs is not a common symptom of pleurisy, please consult your doctor.
http://patient. Info/health/pleurisy-leaflet ...Read more

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What causes recurrent pleurisy, with consistent pain in the lower rib cage that is not effected by breathing? Clear xray, spirometry good

What causes recurrent pleurisy, with consistent pain in the lower rib cage that is not effected by breathing? Clear xray, spirometry good

Something else: If this is not affected by breathing, it is not likely from pleurisy but from something else at the lower rib cage. If your family doctor can't help you, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dx with pleurisy/pleural effusion. Effusion cleared up but still have deep pain inside and ribs sore to the touch. Are sore ribs usual w/pleurisy?

Yes: Soreness is not because of pleurisy. With pleurisy you cough and when u cough your ribs start hurting from the pull of the cough muscles. ...Read more

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Pain in both back ribs when I take deep breath, and when I move a certain way it hurts around my hip/rib area. What could it be? Blood clot? Pleurisy?

Pain in both back ribs when I take deep breath, and when I move a certain way it hurts around my hip/rib area. What could it be? Blood clot? Pleurisy?

Could be pleurisy: If not clearly due to injury, and if the rib areas are not tender to touch/pressure, the source of the pain is internal. Pain with breathing in the chest area is pleuritic pain. Causes vary and include infections, blood clot, other inflammatory conditions and rarely cancer. If it persists, doesn't respond to simple measures, or if associated with short breath, cough, or fever seek medical help. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray & CT (had d/t chest pain looking 4 pleurisy-i have lupus) sowed old rib fractures. Don't recall any trauma. Should I be concerned?

My chest X-ray & CT (had d/t chest pain looking 4 pleurisy-i have lupus) sowed old rib fractures. Don't recall any trauma. Should I be concerned?

Yes.: At age 29, with a history of lupus and old rib fractures, one should be evaluated for osteoporosis. If steroid has been used in your treatment, it can contribute to osteoporosis. You should discuss with your doctor whether or not bone density testing might be appropriate. ...Read more

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After CT scan result clear GP diagnosed Pleurisy in 76 yr old female from crackle heard from stethoscope on Amoxicillin. Pain from front of lower ribs below breast and at the back Gapapentin and Tramadol not helping much any ideas on other treatments?

Huh?: Pleurisy is a clinical diagnosis -- it isn't diagnosed by stethoscope, crackles or none. If the examiner hears a friction rub, maybe -- but bacterial pleurisy without some other findings is very uncommon and ampicillin is inappropriate for any other suspected etiology. If this is pleurodynia or post-zoster neuralgia, it's pain management until it resolves in its own. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Chest/rib aching on left side. Mid-back pain when bending. Ekg, chest xray, blood work clear. Overly sweaty sometimes (esp. Night). Er thought pleurisy but naproxen doesn't seem to help. Thoughts?

Chest/rib aching on left side. Mid-back pain when bending. Ekg, chest xray, blood work clear. Overly sweaty sometimes (esp. Night). Er thought pleurisy but naproxen doesn't seem to help. Thoughts?

Nerve pain: The rib cage discomfort may be due to pressure on a nerve caused by a spur or disc in the midback spine. A deep breath can also pinch the intercostal nerve which runs between ribs. I recommend an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon who will order the appropriate images. ...Read more

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Could pleurisy cause intense chest pain?

Yes: Pleuritis is a very common cause of chest pain. Typically you will have pain on inspiration. Usually viral in etiology and can be effectively treated with nsaids for several days. If the pain last longer than several days, get a chest x ray. Sometimes I also add a medro dose pak. ...Read more

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On meds for week and half, bronchitis and pleurisy, now getting sharp pains on right side of back and chest, what could this be?

Pneumonia: The lining of the lung is the main part of the lung that can feel pain. What you describe sounds like worsening pneumonia that has spread to the edge of the lung near the areas that hurt. Fluid is likely to collect there and get infected. It is hard for the medicines given by mouth (or even by vein) to kill the germs in this fluid pocket. Talk to your doctor, as a chest xray will help show it. ...Read more

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Where does pleurisy hurt on the chest left side?

Where does pleurisy hurt on the chest left side?

Chest lung: Interface chest and lung. It is somewhat dry and painful. The movements should be smooth but are "rubbery" which makes it painful. ...Read more

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I have pleurisy. Is intense pain in the upper back when pressing on your chest associated with pleurisy?

Other symptoms: Usually on only one side of the chest, extend
to shoulder or abdomen. Worse when cough
sneeze, or suddenly move. May ease with holding breath or pressing painful area. Costochondritis or inflammation of anterior rib endings sometimes can mimic pleuritis. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in shoulder blade and chest, not pleurisy?

Shoulder and chest: Pain there other than pleurisy may include cardiac, referred gallbladder, muscle strain, sprain, referred radicular pain. ...Read more

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Can pleurisy pain move from left side of chest to right, and not getting better after 4 weeks or could I have an embolism?

Variable: The cause of the pleurisy- irritation-infection- pneumonia, etc can be bilateral and sequential. Depending on the cause, recovery can be tedious.

Pulmonary embolism is a potential cause of bilateral disease, infarction, pleuritic- chest wall pain. ...Read more

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I have pain in my collarbone/upper, inner shoulder that worsened worsens hen I breathe. Could be pleurisy but I don't feel it in the chest at all

I have pain in my collarbone/upper, inner shoulder that worsened worsens hen I breathe. Could be pleurisy but I don't feel it in the chest at all

R/O PLEURITIS: PLEURITIS=inflammation of the lining of the lung and Pericarditis = inflammation of the lining of the heart can both cause referred shoulder pain. As well as a PE=Lung blood clot. You need a full exam lab testing CXR/EKG/Shoulder X-ray to evaluate your symptoms. Please seek prompt medical attention for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have the flu, and it seems to be worse, it hurts my chest cavity to swollow food now, could it be pleurisy?

I have the flu, and it seems to be worse, it hurts my chest cavity to swollow food now, could it be pleurisy?

Possibly: But it sounds more like you have esophagitis inflammation of the tube that carries food to your stomach
pleurisy generally would cause chest pain with cough and deep breathing. Check with your doctor but you could try and acid blocker like prevacid (lansoprazole) ...Read more